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Localism and Centralism in EuropeThe Political and Legal Bases of Local Self-Government$
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Edward C. Page

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277279.001.0001

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Constitutional Subordination and Local Influence

Constitutional Subordination and Local Influence

(p.1) 1 Constitutional Subordination and Local Influence
Localism and Centralism in Europe

Edward C. Page

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses two major characteristics of local government: subordination and susceptibility to control within the local community. It also demonstrates the different approaches of different countries to the essential dualism of local government and the opportunities available to local political élites to shape public policy. The question of the opportunities for influencing policy available to local political élites helps to define the nature of local political activity and leads us to ask about the causes of diversity and in doing so raises fundamental issues about the character of political development in different countries.

Keywords:   subordination, local government, public policy, political activity, political development

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